- Contracting Party
- Day of accession
- 1 July 2006
The Energy Community is an international organisation which brings together the European Union and its neighbours to create an integrated pan-European energy market. The organisation was founded by the Treaty establishing the Energy Community signed in October 2005 in Athens, Greece, in force since July 2006. The key objective of the Energy Community is to extend the EU internal energy market rules and principles to countries in South East Europe, the Black Sea region and beyond on the basis of a legally binding framework.
The mission of the Energy Community Treaty is to:
The Energy Community has nine Contracting Parties - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine.
The European Union is a Party to the Energy Community Treaty. Represented by the European Commission, it serves as a permanent Vice-President of the organisation. Any European Union Member State may obtain the status of a Participant.
Armenia, Norway and Türkiye take part as Observers.
By hovering over the country name on the map, you can access contact information of key energy stakeholders. For Contracting Parties, you also have quick access to country documents and acquis implementation sections.
Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina
TRG BiH 1, 71000 Sarajevo
State Electricity Regulatory Commission
Miška Jovanovića Street 4/II, 75000 Tuzla
Federal Ministry of Energy, Mining and Industry
Alipašina 41, Sarajevo
Regulatory Commission for Electricity in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Blajburških žrtava br. 33, 88000 Mostar
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Schornhorstr. 34-37, 10115 Berlin
Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Posts and Railway
(Bundesnetzagentur - BNetzA)
Tulpenfeld 4, 53113 Bonn
Ministry of the Environment and Energy
Rosenbad 4, SE-103 33 Stockholm
Swedish Energy Agency
Kungsgatan 43, SE-631 04 Eskilstuna
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources
Türk Ocağı Caddesi No:2, 06100 Çankaya-Ankara
Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey, EMRA
İşçi Blokları Mahallesi Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu Caddesi No:51/C, 06530 - Yüzüncüyıl/ Balgat/ Ankara
European Commission Directorate General Energy
Rue J.-A. Demot, 24-28, B – 1040 Brussels, BELGIUM
Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)
Cours Saint-Michel 30a, (5th floor), Securex building, 1040 Brussels, BELGIUM
A strong institutional setting supports the Energy Community process. As the highest decision-making body, the Ministerial Council meets once a year to set key priorities and steer the implementation of the Treaty. The work of the Ministerial Council is prepared by the Permanent High Level Group, which meets every three months. The Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum brings together elected members of parliament to make the Energy Community better equipped to adopt and implement the acquis.
The Energy Community Regulatory Board is the coordination body of the national energy regulators, which fosters the exchange of knowledge and development of best practices for regulated electricity and gas markets in the Energy Community. Fora, specialised Working Groups and Task Forces also support the Energy Community’s work. In addition, the Energy Community regularly engages with its stakeholders, including civil society, investors and donors.
Based in Vienna, Austria, the Secretariat is the only permanently acting and independent institution of the Energy Community.
The Energy Community in action
Article 67 of the Treaty tasks the Secretariat to “review the proper implementation by the Parties of their obligations under this Treaty, and submit yearly progress reports to the Ministerial Council”. In addition to the Treaty, the acquis in force together with the amending Ministerial Council decisions give rise to a series of reporting obligations. More than 50 Articles task the Secretariat to monitoring and reporting.
Below an overview of the organisation's most recent publications. For more on the Energy Community reporting, go to DOCUMENTS-section.
|2022 Implementation Report|
The Secretariat’s Annual Implementation Report is the go-to publication for all stakeholders for a comprehensive overview of the Contracting Parties’ track records in the implementation of all areas of the acquis.
|The South-East European Gas (SEEGAS) Reports|
The SEEGAS Initiative, launched by the Secretariat in December 2020, is a response to stakeholders’ increasing interest to establish organized gas exchanges and improve cross-border trading. SEEGAS Report on regional transmission routes (Sep 2022) and SEEGAS Report on gas exchange (Dec 2021), list as key deliverables of the initiative.
|Legal framework 4.3 edition|
The Energy Community Legal Framework brings all acquis in force under one cover and is a practical tool for anyone seeking detailed information about the acquis.
Every year, the Secretariat publishes an Annual Implementation Report, which outlines the progress achieved by each Contracting Party in implementing the Energy Community acquis in force. The 2021 report covers electricity, gas, energy regulators, oil, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environment, climate, infrastructure, competition, statistics and cyber security.
Due to the war, Ukraine’s energy infrastructure is in critical condition and fuel supplies are at risk. The Energy Community Secretariat, based on the direct request of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, is coordinating the delivery of specialized energy equipment, fuels and materials donated by private companies in order to repair infrastructure damaged during the war and keep Ukraine’s energy system functional.
The Secretariat launched the Energy Community Just Transition Initiative to ensure that the move away from fossil fuels in the Contracting Parties is socially just, in the interest of women, workers and entire communities. The Secretariat manages four interlinked projects focusing on: energy poverty, gender equality, coal regions in transition and clean air regions (CARI).
The South-East European Gas (SEEGAS) Initiative fosters closer cooperation between stakeholders to enable further market opening, establish organized gas exchanges and improve cross-border trading and ultimately benefit end-consumers. It is also working to identify possible measures to mitigate gas supply risks in case of Russian gas supply disruption.
EU4Energy Project Phase II fosters the clean energy transition and decarbonisation in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The action provides support in evidence-based energy policy design and the transposition and implementation of the Energy Community acquis.